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Priority Capital Projects Event Centre

More than an event centre, this project is a significant phase of the Culture + Entertainment District, located in the Rivers District, downtown Calgary. It is the next step in Calgary’s renewal as a global city and international destination, as part of a total package that supports the downtown recovery.

A new and modern event centre positions Calgary to be a host city that attracts bigger and more events in the future. It contributes to building culture and vibrancy for more people to experience, supporting more of our local economy.

The Project

A modern event centre and improvements to the Rivers District is part of a total package that supports Calgary’s downtown recovery. It gives downtown momentum to be a place for great experiences and programs for all Calgarians and ages.

City Administration will begin formal discussions on definitive agreements with all parties, which is expected to be underway through spring and summer 2023. The project team is preparing to begin the design and development of the Event Centre, as well as the supporting infrastructure in the area.  

The agreements include a number of improvements to the area that support Calgary’s Downtown Plan, The River’s District vision, and the future Culture and Entertainment District.

Project update – June 5, 2023

City Administration updated the Event Centre Committee on the work and progress to date. Work continues among all the Parties to move the two projects, which includes the Event Centre Block and Culture + Entertainment District Improvements, forward. This work is focused on finalizing the agreements, which we expect will continue through summer.

As well, The City and CSEC are releasing Stage One of the Request for Proposal on Tuesday, June 6. This process starts the process to hire a Development Manager, who will oversee and coordinate the work for the Event Centre Block. 

We’ve received a number of questions on the agreement and The City’s role. It’s exciting to see how much Calgarians are interested in this important step in city building for Calgary’s Culture + Entertainment District and Calgary’s successful future. 

We’ve created a separate web page – – that provides more details on each of these projects. Once the agreements are finalized, we will provide further details on the work and schedule moving forward. You can also read Frequently Asked Questions, which we continually update as the project moves forward. 

It’s a significant investment and the next step in Calgary’s renewal as a global city and international destination. It’s also one piece of a total package that supports Calgary’s downtown recovery and Calgarians who live here now and will move here in the future.

We are committed to transparency, while respecting the four parties who are still working to finalize  agreements. We will always provide information publicly as soon as it’s avaialble throughout work on the agreements and after they are finalized later this summer.  


New mobility connection

A new 4-lane underpass under the CP train tracks with wide sidewalks at 6th Street S.E., providing pedestrian, wheeling, and vehicle connections.

Community rink

Shared facility for public booking and training facility for CSEC teams with seating for 1,000.

Outdoor and indoor gathering space

More opportunity for community events onsite and in The District.

Event centre

New City-owned building, capable of accommodating “A-class” events and additional hosting space on a 10-acre parcel of land.

Street and public realm improvements

Improvements to 5 Street S.E and 15, 17 and 25 Avenues S.E.


Commercial development parcels that can accelerate development and growth in Calgary’s downtown core and The District.

Benefits to Calgarians

  • Job Creation

    Ernst & Young prepared an Economic Impact Assessment on the full build out of the Culture + Entertainment District. The report released in January 2019, states up to 4,750 full-time jobs could be created during the construction phase of the district, with an additional 1,536 permanent jobs created once the new facilities are open.

  • Invest in Calgarians

    The Event Centre and improvements to the Rivers District is an investment in the quality of life in Calgary. The Event Centre will be a complementary anchor to the BMO Centre Expansion, and together these two modernized facilities will work with other improvements in the area to give Calgarians a vibrant year-round gathering place. It’s a place where visitors and a whole new generation of Calgarians will make lifelong memories.

  • Economic Growth

    Having already attracted more than $3 billion of private investment to date, the Rivers District has momentum. Calgary’s economy and local businesses will benefit from both Event Centre and The Rivers District construction, and activities related to future programming and operations. The result will be more events, enjoyed by more people who visit the downtown core, benefitting more businesses in the area.

Downtown recovery

A modern event centre is part of a total package that supports Calgary’s downtown recovery

It complements and supports other projects and programs that are underway, completed, and upcoming, which together, grow and build a successful and vibrant downtown for the next 40 years and beyond:


BMO Centre

Arts Commons Transformation

9 Avenue S.E. bridge

BMO Convention Centre Hotel

The Future of Stephen Avenue

Central Library

Downtown Calgary Incentive Program

Event Centre

Contemporary Calgary

Eau Claire Area improvements

6 Street S.E. Underpass

Platform Calgary

Glenbow Museum

Community Rink

Studio Bell

Green Line LRT

MNP Expansion

Upgrades to 17 Avenue S

Stampede Trail


17 Avenue S.W. upgrades

Victoria Park LRT Station upgrades


Project background

This agreement is the culmination of more than 15 months of work, as well as the lessons learned from the first round of event centre negotiations. 


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Committee and third party

Event Centre Committee

Event Centre Committee

On Oct. 25, 2022, as part of Council’s Organizational Meeting a new Event Centre Committee (ECC) membership was approved by Council. This Committee will continue the work already underway by the previous Committee’s members. The Event Centre Committee is comprised of five voting members:

Three Members of Council:

  • Sonya Sharp; Councillor
  • Andre Chabot; Councillor 
  • Terry Wong; Councillor 

Two public members:

  • Deborah Yedlin; President & CEO, Calgary Chamber of Commerce
  • Brad Parry; President & CEO, Calgary Economic Development

The first ECC was held on April 4, 2022, at which time Councillor Sharp was confirmed as Chair and Deborah Yedlin as Vice Chair.

Third Party

Third Party

The City and the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation have agreed to begin formal discussions with a fresh start towards a new event centre.  We are pleased to move forward with CSEC with a collaborative approach to identify mutual interests and beneficial opportunities.

This milestone could not have happened without the efforts of the third party, whose team included Guy Huntingford, John Fisher, and Phil Swift, along with The City’s Event Centre Team and CSEC.

 We are grateful for the third-party’s efforts, which has fulfilled Council’s original direction and their mandate to determine if there is a path forward to a new Event Centre with CSEC.

Project Partners

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